Writing for children

Poems in anthologies 

‘Questions on an Empty Stomach’, ‘You and Whose Sarnie’ & ‘Do You Ever?’ in A.F. Harrold (ed). Midnight Feasts: Tasty Poems. Bloomsbury, 2018.

‘The Importance of Keeping One’s Head’ in Rachel Piercey & Emma Wright (eds). The Head that Wears a Crown: Poems about Kings and Queens. The Emma Press, forthcoming 2018.

‘Dancing With Life’ in Allie Esiri (ed). A Poem for Every Day of the Year. Macmillan, 2017.

‘Violent Vision’ & ‘Weather Warning’ in Michaela Morgan (ed). Wonderland: Alice in Poetry. Macmillan, 2016.

Poems in magazines

The Caterpillar: ‘The Drink Problem’ in Issue 12, Spring 2016

Stew: ‘Four Frosty Welcomes’ in Issue 12, January/February 2016

Stew: ‘Hands Off’ in Issue 13, March/April 2016

The Scrumbler: ‘Itch’, November 2013

Poems online

‘Here’s A Little Jazz Number’ on Poetryroundabout.com, 2018

No Unauthorised Vehicles‘ on Poetryroundabout.com, 2017

Stars’ in Liz Brownlee’s Poems to the Planet for National Poetry Day 2016


‘Here’s a Little Jazz Number’, ‘Johnny One-Arm’ & ‘My Grandma’s a Straight-Talking Woman’ commended in The Caterpillar Children’s Poetry Prize 2017

‘What’s in the Box?’ (picture book) shortlisted for Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award 2017

‘Your Handy Ten Step Guide to Choosing a New Small Person’ (picture book) longlisted for Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award 2017

‘Return of the Killer Rhubarb’ shortlisted in Writing Magazine Poetry for Children Competition 2016

The Drink Problem

There’s a cup in the cupboard
that nobody loves.
It’s brown and it’s chipped
and not really big enough
for a decent cup of anything,

but whenever someone’s offering
a hot drink of this or that, I say,
‘I’ll take the brown cup,’ and so
they all think it’s my favourite cup
but really I just feel bad
about the things that nobody loves.

First published in The Caterpillar, 2016